Izzy, our little kindergartener, has always been a collector of sorts. She’s especially drawn to nature - everywhere we go, she looks for treasures like flowers (aka weeds), acorns, chestnuts, rocks, shells, sticks, or leaves, whatever she can stash in her pockets and sneak home.
Last weekend, Gary spent several hours trimming a part of our fence bushes that’s gotten way overgrown (maintaining a nice curb appeal isn’t our strong suit :p). The kiddos were excited to help out. They had been busy running back and forth helping Gary move the branches into one giant pile when Izzy came in with a stack of leaves and sticks in her little hands. “I’m bringing these to the leaf museum for the school science room,” she excitedly announced, and carefully laid everything out on the table.
I’m pretty lazy when it comes to crafts nowadays, but these leaves are so beautiful that I wanted to preserve them: the variations of colors, shapes, the intricate veins. I also wanted something to help me remember the happy Izzy who treasured the littlest things. Enter: a simple hand-sewn book where the kids can document and keep all the leaves they pick every autumn. It ended up being a nice and easy seasonal project (I’m all about easy projects!), and the girls really enjoyed it.